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By Roger Dey

COVID-19 concerns change USFS approach to upcoming fire season


Roger Dey

The fire finder in the Granite Butte Lookout points toward Lincoln during a 2016 tour of the renovated building. The lookout may be re-activated this summer as the Lincoln Ranger District prepares for fire season.

With fire season on the horizon, the Lincoln Ranger District is preparing to tackle wildfires in a different way.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the large fire camps that spring up during fires are generally off the table, as the camp crews that normally manage the camps and feed the fire crews aren't available this year. Likewise, concerns about the potential for coronavirus spread means...

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